Welcome to ontario's world record walk!

This is the beginning of the Walkolution!

OWN (Ontarians walking now)

The Walkolution continues in 2008 with OWN (Ontarians Walking Now). For information see the media release, Ontarians Walking NOW!

Australian challenge!

On September 1, 2008, Australia tried unsuccessfully to beat the Canadian World Record Walk record with a Giant Walk.

Along with discovering many amazing facts and feats at the Guinness World of Records Museum in Niagara Falls, you can now view the official Guinness Certificate awarded to Green Communities Canada for the October 3, 2007 World Record Walk event for the largest simultaneous 1 km walk.

WAY TO GO CANADA!

Our World Record Goal has been achieved

On October 3, 2007, at 12:30 EDT, Canada set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people walking one kilometer at the same time. We smashed the existing record of 100,915, set by Western Australia in September 2006.

The World Record Walk was organized by Green Communities Canada with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

Clean Air Champion Hayely Wickenheiser

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Team Canada MVP, Hayely Wickenheiser talks about the Walkolution.

About the World Record Walk

On October 3, 2007 Ontario is starting a “Walkolution” and you’re invited!

The Ontario WORLD RECORD WALK 2007 is aiming to break the existing Guinness World Record for the largest number of people walking one kilometer simultaneously (current record held by Western Australia with 100,915 Participants – September 2006).

Anyone can be part of this exciting event: Schools, Clubs, Community Groups, Workplaces, Municipal Governments and Individuals.

All Canadians are invited to join Ontarians to take on the World Record! Interested provinces/territories would be required to fund and coordinate their own World Record Walk activities. Green Communities Canada will provide the interactive website as the focal point for the event, incorporating downloadable resources ready for use and easy customization, in addition to the tracking software for cross-Canada results.

The World Record Walk 2007 will start a “walkolution” aimed at creating a culture of walking by:

Connecting with the WALK21 message of

"Putting Pedestrians First"

Encouraging Municipal leaders to sign the

International Charter for Walking

Putting the public focus on and educating the people of Ontario

about the benefits of walking and active transportation.

Wednesday, October 3 is also International Walk to School Day (IWALK). We encourage schools to register for the World Record Walk and make it part of the IWALK celebrations.

The World Record Walk is being organized by Green Communities Canada with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

“Be part of the “Walkolution” … and help us set a new WORLD RECORD!”

The following provinces/territories are supporting the World Record Walk. Contact information for each one is provided:

The Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection, working to make Nova Scotia a healthier and safer place to live, work and play. www.gov.ns.ca/hpp. Contact: Lucas Wide, Communications Officer, Department of Health Promotion and Protection, Direct Tel: (902) 424-7558, Email: widela@gov.ns.ca

Resource Conservation Manitoba is a non-profit environmental education centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba with a focus on active and sustainable transportation, waste reduction and composting. www.resourceconservation.mb.ca. Contact Lise Smith at worldwalk@resourceconservation.mb.ca or (204) 925-3773.

SHAPE Alberta (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) in partnership with many organizations and government departments is participating in the World Record Walk. In fact, Alberta set a new Guinness Record on May 26, 2005 with 79,815 people walking from 321 different locations. SHAPE encourages students in Alberta to walk to school. It's good for their health, education and the environment! www.shapeab.com; Contact Bev Esslinger, Provincial Manager at bev@shapeab.com or at (780) 406-8530.